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Adaptogens to Help You Sleep

Adaptogens to Help You Sleep

Many people suffer from insomnia and related sleep problems. Stress can disrupt the regular circadian (time-related) secretion of cortisol and can be a major cause of sleep problems. Cortisol normally obeys the body’s inner clock and responds to light and dark, morning and night. Cortisol levels are highest in the early morning and lowest at night. Cortisol helps to synchronize activity, patterns of eating, and patterns of sleeping.

Adaptogens regulate the production of cortisol, reducing stress. A relaxed, less stressful body allows for better and more rejuvenating sleep.

The following adaptogens aid the body in sleeping:

  • American ginseng helps people with insomnia that is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen and traditionally is used for insomnia and nervous conditions.
  • Eleuthero improves sleep quality and prevents nighttime waking.
  • Jiaogulan is a calming adaptogen and is appropriate for anxious or agitated people with unstable hypertension, stress headaches and anxiety-induced insomnia.
  • Rhodiola is used to regulate sleep disorders and improve sleep quality.
  • Schisandra is reported to relieve insomnia and dream-disrupted sleep.

Read more: Health, Natural Remedies

Adapted from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:49PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

had heard about rhodiola for energy, but not sleep

10:31AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Unavailable. :-(

3:41AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Fantastic tips,thanks.

1:43AM PST on Dec 4, 2012


8:36AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Good to know. Thank you!

11:23AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012


1:12AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

10:48PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012


9:56PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

thanks for the info.

4:26AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012


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